We scour the net for the Daily Stash, our daily roundup of game bits and pieces. Click through for more about:
Interesting… Assorted bits and pieces
[surl=http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/5901/evaluating_game_mechanics_for_depth.php]Evaluating game mechanics for depth[/surl] (in case you were into that sort of thing).
[surl=http://fingergaming.com/2010/07/20/game-developer-debuts-free-2010-game-career-guide-issue/]Game Developer debuts free 2010 Game Career Guide issue[/surl] to give you a head start.
[surl=http://www.vg247.com/2010/07/21/pc-retail-and-digitally-distributed-sales-almost-equal-says-npd/]NPD says PC retail and digitally distributed sales nearly equal[/surl]: 23.5 million in stores compared to 21.3 million online.
[surl=http://uk.xbox360.ign.com/articles/110/1106151p1.html]Call of Duty is this generation’s Star Wars[/surl] (says Activision).
[surl=http://www.1up.com/do/feature?cId=3180453]Hundreds of Old Arcade Games at California Extreme 2010[/surl] – a slideshow for you.
Independently Released: Often better than AAA
[surl=http://www.bit-tech.net/blog/2010/07/21/prototyping-and-playtesting-frozen-synapse/]Prototyping and Playtesting Frozen Synapse[/surl] on Bit-Tech.
[surl=http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2010/07/20/fps-terminator-alpha-demo/]Terminator FPS mod now in playable form[/surl], but it’s still early days.
[surl=http://krimelogames.blogspot.com/2010/07/nation-of-reincars.html]Nation of Reincars[/surl] is an “achingly tricky” indie platformer/puzzler.
In Development: Games in progress
[surl=http://www.companyofheroes.com/announcements/company-of-heroes-online-beta-access-briefing]Company of Heroes Online prepares for closed beta[/surl] for a “select group of community members” from North America, anyway.
[surl=http://forum.ea.com/eaforum/posts/list/1268006.page]Medal of Honor Xbox 360 multiplayer beta kicks off[/surl] – a month later than PS3 and PC.
[surl=http://www.andriasang.com/e/blog/2010/07/20/dead_rising_event/]Dead Rising event unveils more details for Case Zero[/surl] – held in Japan, of course.
[surl=http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/castlevania-october-date-speculation]Castlevania October date is ‘speculation'[/surl], in case you’d accidentally gotten your hopes up.
[surl=http://uk.ps3.ign.com/articles/110/1107055p1.html]Fight Night: Champion announced for 2011[/surl] – including an awesome new single-player mode.
[surl=http://news.bigdownload.com/2010/07/20/download-arma-2-operation-arrrowhead-demo/]ArmA II: Operation Arrowhead demo out now[/surl] – grab it! Go on!
[surl=http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/64811]Shank hits PSN August 24, XBLA August 25[/surl] – PC version to follow later.
[surl=http://xboxlive.ign.com/articles/110/1106814p1.html]Scott Pilgrim lands on XBLA two weeks after PSN[/surl] (noticing a trend?)
[surl=http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2010/07/reckoning/]EA Partners to Publish Curt Schilling’s RPG: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning[/surl], formerly known as Project Mercury.
Console yourselves: PlayStation, Xbox 360, Wii
[surl=http://www.joystiq.com/2010/07/20/kinect-priced-at-150-includes-kinect-adventures/]Kinect priced at US$150, including Kinect Adventures[/surl] (in the US, anyway).
In good company: Business news
[surl=http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/zattikka-raises-USD5-5-million-funding]Zattika raises $5.5 million in funding[/surl] through parent company Expedite 5.
[surl=http://www.nowgamer.com/news/3736/sledgehammer-hiring-for-new-console-game]Sledgehammer hiring now[/surl], for a new “high-end” console title.
MMO to love: Massively Multiplayer Online details
[surl=http://www.massively.com/2010/07/20/massivelys-community-detective-the-customer-service-case-files/]Massively’s Community Detective: The customer service case files[/surl] – Issue #1: Age of Conan + EverQuest II.
[surl=http://www.ffxivcore.com/topic/8749-hiromichi-tanaka-french-video-interview-translated/?s=59aa7ea3d7070486a40a35d7d958e03f]Final Fantasy XIV’s Hiromichi Tanaka chats[/surl] about the goals of the game.
[surl=http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/ddo-to-go-free-to-play-in-europe]Dungeons & Dragons Online finally going free-to-play in Europe[/surl], catching up with the US.
[surl=http://www.massively.com/2010/07/20/need-for-speed-world-takes-off-july-27th/]Need for Speed World takes off, July 27th[/surl], available via digital download.
[surl=http://www.wow.com/2010/07/21/cataclysm-beta-patch-notes-build-12539/]WoW: Cataclysm beta patch notes build 12539[/surl] …to keep you up to speed.
Developmentally Challenged: The dev perspective
[surl=http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/sakaguchi-not-retiring-after-all]Sakaguchi not retiring after The Last Story[/surl]… well, not directly after.
[surl=http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=256409]Crytek say that Crysis 2 has the most advanced AI you’ve ever seen[/surl] – and they’ve seen a lot.
[surl=http://blog.us.playstation.com/2010/07/20/mafia-ii-on-ps3-your-questions-answered/]Mafia II on PS3: Your Questions Answered[/surl] on the PlayStation blog.
Crafty: From people who are good with their hands.
[surl=http://www.hotbloodedgaming.com/2010/07/20/nes-console-replica-sculpted-from-wood/]NES console made from wood[/surl]: won’t necessarily play games, but will look cool.
Mark your calendars: Events, announcements…
[surl=http://www.capcom-unity.com/street_fighter/blog/2010/07/20/the_capcom_guide_to_comic-con:_producers_signings,_interviews,_and_schedules!]The Capcom guide to Comic Con[/surl]: Producers, Signings, Interviews and Schedules!
[surl=http://twitter.com/Official_PAX/status/18946889697]Warren Spector to give keynote address at PAX Prime[/surl] (thanks, Twitter!)
[surl=http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=401769]Is this the promo art for the next Hitman title?[/surl]
[surl=http://gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2010/07/19/rumor-namco-vs-capcom-not-one-but-two-games.aspx]Is Namco vs Capcom not one, but two games?[/surl]
[surl=http://www.vg247.com/2010/07/20/february-release-for-deus-ex-human-revolution-says-steam/]Is Deus Ex: Human Revolution due in February?[/surl]